This is certainly not the last act in this drama, but a federal appeals court in California has just ruled California’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional.
According to the New York Times,
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that a lower court judge correctly interpreted the U.S. Constitution and Supreme Court precedents when he declared in 2010 that Proposition 8 was a violation of the civil rights of gays and lesbians. [JAC: Proposition 8 was a referendum that banned same-sex marriages .)
The court said gay marriages cannot resume in the state until the deadline passes for Proposition 8 sponsors to appeal to a larger panel of the 9th Circuit. If such an appeal is filed, gay marriages will remain on hold until it’s resolved.
Lawyers for Proposition 8 sponsors have repeatedly said they would consider appealing to a larger panel of the court and then the U.S. Supreme Court if they did not receive a favorable ruling from the 9th Circuit.
Whatever happens, this ruling means that the issue will likely land in the U.S. Supreme Court: the final arbiter of law. And I’m not at all confident that our conservative court would support gay marriage.